Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out

Franc Roddam’s drama set largely in the Tameside and Stockport areas

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Tower Mill, Dukinfield: the focus of Lyme Electronics’ activities.

In the 1980s, Franc Roddam gained a reputation for his honest portrayal of working class life. For many, his most celebrated work is Quadrophenia (1979), loosely based on The Who’s rock opera. Others may consider Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 – 88 and 2002) his finest hour. Few would have thought one of his next moves was the long-running Masterchef (1990 – to date). Continue reading “Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out”

Down Our Street #5: Park Road, Dukinfield

A wander along a historical road of industrial importance

Park Road, Tame Valley, Dukinfield:

  • Distance: 0.85 miles;
  • Start: Crescent Road/Riverside, Dukinfield;
  • Finish: Tame Street, Stalybridge;
  • Bus: 346 (alight at Crescent Road).

Though with its semi rural origins, Park Road became an important connection with two major town centres at either end. It links the Tame Valley part of Dukinfield with Ashton-under-Lyne at its most westerly point, and Stalybridge in the east. In miniature, it documents the story of Tameside during the industrial revolution, its rise and its fall. Continue reading “Down Our Street #5: Park Road, Dukinfield”